This is Ella who lives in Australia. “She really does love and treasure her Alfie book”, says her grandmother, Janis, who sent us this photo. A bit of a detective story accompanies this picture.
Fiona, Sue’s gardener, used to do some gardening for Sue (as she would, being a gardener!) Fiona also gardened for Dorothy – Ella’s great-great aunt – who lived in Derbyshire. Fiona asked Sue to sign this book for Aunt Dorothy, who planned to send it to Ella in Australia. Sadly, Dorothy died before she could do this.
Dorothy’s sister (Janis, Ella’s grandmother) came over from Australia for the funeral and found the book intended for Ella. So she took it back to Australia with her and passed it on to Ella. Several months later, Janis noticed that Ella treasured the book very much, so she decided she’d like to make contact with the author to tell her this. Hence this picture and the message from Janis.
(Ella’s Mum gave us permission to publish this picture of Ella).